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Dacic: Serbia ready to discuss Kosovo UN membership. Belgrade to urge UN to provide Serbian officials free entry to Kosovo. Serbian government fails to reach agreement on police director post.
Ivica Dacic, Serbian Prime Minister, stated that Belgrade is ready to discuss Kosovo UN membership. However, in order to stop blocking Pristina in the UN, Belgrade must get somethi9ng in return, said Dacic.
Serbia lobbies that next UNMIK's report on the situation in Kosovo include exhaustive list of all Serbian officials recently banned from Kosovo. Belgrade aims to persuade UN Security Council to pressure EULEX and Pristina to allow all Serbian officials free entry to Kosovo.
The government did not appoint new police director on January 15, as it was scheduled, because Ivica Dacic, Prime Minister and his deputy Aleksandar Vucic failed to agree who to appoint. Daily learns that Dacic want to post Dragan Markovic, deputy director of Security Information Agency, while Vucic urges that government re-appoint Milorad Veljovic, police director whose mandate recently expired.
Balkan Insight has not verified the facts in the original press reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
In two high-profile war crimes trials currently ongoing in Pristina, a series of witnesses have retracted previous statements alleging abuse at Kosovo Liberation Army detention centres.